Clearview National September 2018 - Issue 202 - Page 55

AL UMINIUM - AL UMINIUM - Flair has got you covered FIRST CLASS UNIVERSITY SCIENCE PARK » » NEW HUB BUILDING IN Europe’s first science park features Kawneer’s aluminium systems. Architectural aluminium glazing systems by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer has helped a new hub building set a benchmark for the design of future developments in Europe’s first science park. Kawneer’s AA®100 SSG (Structurally Silicone Glazed) curtain walling, with AA®720 doors and open-in side-hung vents, form the main structure to the two main facades of the £20 million John Bradfield Centre at the 151-acre Cambridge Science Park, owned by Trinity College Cambridge. Its sinuous crescent-shaped form designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ by architects Aukett Swanke was inspired by its lakeside setting and uses Kawneer’s curtain walling (with 50mm sightlines and 300mm feature caps), windows and doors on the main rear façade, where visitors enter the site, and on the main façade. Architect Nayan Dhamdachia said: “The Kawneer systems met the overall vision that was set out during the early design stages in regards to the overall concept, thickness of profiles and sightlines. They integrate with openable panels and striking yellow fins. The glazed elements enhance the well-being of the building, bringing as much light as possible deep into the floorplates. SDC delivered an exceptionally high-quality scheme at competitive value. The base build employed high- quality materials throughout the main external façade treatment and external works.” A triple-height atria feature is arranged on an axis from the main entrance and is highlighted as an accent feature on the convex lakeside façade. These were installed over 10 months by JPJ Installations for main contractor SDC. This atrium maximises internal connectivity. The main entrance is animated by a social hub, including café, breakout areas and meeting rooms, as well as spaces for team working, giving a dynamic open working environment that encourages collaboration and creative thinking. Upper floors are configured as open or cellular spaces to suit tenant businesses. External materials express the sinuous form of the 55,600ft2 building using simple full- height vertical aluminium cladding, complemented by the Kawneer windows that run from floor to ceiling. Named after the biologist, entrepreneur and former senior bursar who founded Cambridge Science Park, the John Bradfield Centre received £4.5 million of Government funding by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of its pledge to invest in the UK’s Life Science industry. Alitherm 300 & Visofold 1000 Windows offering greater comfort, better insulation, minimal maintenance, aesthetically pleasing appearance and enhanced security and slide-folding doors with impressive openings for both residential and commercial use, slim-line profiles. Insulating Glass Units FM 96527 KM 96507 Energy Efficient Windows & Doors SAME DAY QUOTATION 0121 624 5001 @FlairWindows F: 0121 624 5004 E: FREE MARKETING SUPPORT | FAST NATIONWIDE DELIVERY C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » S EP 2018 » 55